19 Facts About Midwest


The Midwest is divided by the Census Bureau into two divisions.

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Some entities in the Midwest have "Northwest" in their names for historical reasons, such as Northwestern University in Illinois.

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One of the earliest late-19th-century uses of Midwest was in reference to Kansas and Nebraska to indicate that they were the civilized areas of the west.

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Traditional definitions of the Midwest include the Northwest Ordinance Old Northwest states and many states that were part of the Louisiana Purchase.

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Midwest Region is defined by the U S Census Bureau as these 12 states:.

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Much of the coniferous forests of the Upper Midwest were clear-cut in the late 19th century, and mixed hardwood forests have become a major component of the new woodlands since then.

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The commodities that the Midwest funneled into the Erie Canal down the Ohio River contributed to the wealth of New York City, which overtook Boston and Philadelphia.

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Northwest Ordinance region, comprising the heart of the Midwest, was the first large region of the United States that prohibited slavery.

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New Republican Party, born in the Midwest and created in opposition to the Act, aimed to stop the expansion of slavery, and soon emerged as the dominant force throughout the North.

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The Midwest was no exception, dotted with small farms all across the region.

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Agriculture is one of the biggest drivers of local economies in the Midwest, accounting for billions of dollars worth of exports and thousands of jobs.

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Also very common in the antebellum Midwest was farming corn while raising hogs, complementing each other especially since it was difficult to get grain to market before the canals and railroads.

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Chicago is the largest economic and financial center of the Midwest, and has the third largest gross metropolitan product in North America—approximately $689 billion, after the regions of New York City and Los Angeles.

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The Kentucky Speedway is just outside the officially defined Midwest, but is linked with the region because the track is located in the Cincinnati metropolitan area.

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Notable professional golf tournaments in the Midwest include the Memorial Tournament, BMW Championship and John Deere Classic.

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Midwest'storically, Missouri was a slave state before the American Civil War.

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Kentucky is not considered part of the Midwest; it is a northern region of the South, although certain northern parts of the state could have possibly been grouped with the Midwest in a geographical context, even though it is geographically in the Southeast overall.

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Accent characteristic of most of the Midwest is popularly considered to be that of "standard" American English or General American.

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Midwest has been an important region in national elections, with highly contested elections in closely divided states often deciding the national result.

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